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Polly Morgan

Still Birth, 2010


26(w) x 52(h) cm
10.24(w) x 20.47(h) inches
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Taxidermy pheasant chick, wire, resin, glass and MDF

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Polly Morgan Biography

It was a love of animals and the desire to preserve them that first caused British artist Polly Morgan to learn taxidermy back in 2005, which soon developed into her creating still lives with animals as the subject. Growing up in the Cotswolds, where there were always many, often unusual, pets around in the family home, Morgan has always had a close relationship with animals, which is apparent in the way she delicately creates her beautiful sculptural works.

Not wanting to merely mimic the natural habitats of her subjects, Morgan places them in unexpected and unnatural settings, often off-scale, in order to encourage the viewer to look at them with fresh eyes and with no preconceptions. Foxes, rats and pigeons are presented as animals of beauty surrounded by chandeliers and champagne glasses, as opposed to fearful disease-carrying pests. The result is a ‘magical’ body of work that makes us contemplate and consider our own mortality. Morgan believes there’s nothing morbid about a fascination with taxidermy and that studying living forms is one of the most natural things in the world; for her, the skinning of an animal is compelling and can be an overall calming experience. Having worked previously in restaurant kitchens, she sees her working practice as not dissimilar from how a butcher works – not seeing the animals as creatures that once lived and breathed, but rather as raw materials for her work, like a painter may view their paint. She would never use animals she knew in life in her sculptures; this according to Morgan would add a new, uncomfortable dimension that she’s not ready to breach, once saying “I have a pet dog and I definitely wouldn’t want to go near him with a scalpel when he is dead.”

Born in 1980, Morgan currently lives and works in London. Her first exhibitions included Zoo Art Fair and Banksy’s ‘Santa’s Ghetto’ in London at the end of 2005. Since then she’s shown at Lazarides Gallery, Bonham’s, White Cube and All Visual Arts, and her most recent solo show was at Haunch of Venison in September 2010. In the past few years the price of Morgan’s sculpture has escalated, with some pieces fetching up to £100,000 a piece. Well known collectors include Anita Zabludowicz, David Roberts and Thomas Olbricht, as well as Damien Hirst, Banksy, Kate Moss and Courtney Love. We’re excited to have worked with Morgan on two limited edition lithographs printed at The Curwen Studio. Both titled ‘Myocardial Infarction’ and depicting a group of Love Birds feeding from a human heart, the prints follow the concept of Morgan’s work, focussing on the utilization of death, whilst referencing the drawings of 19th century illustrators such as Edward Lear and John James Audubon.
 
OTHER WORKS BY THIS ARTIST
Polly Morgan - Myocardial Infarction (b&w)
Polly Morgan - Myocardial Infarction
 

Myocardial Infarction (b&w)

Myocardial Infarction

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ABOUT THIS ARTIST
November 21st 2012
This month’s Art Review includes their second annual guide to the world of multiplies and editions. With an introduction by artist Rob Pruitt, the supplement catalogues some of the most celebrated limited editions from the past few years and so we were delighted to see our very own Myocardial Infarction by Polly Morgan featured alongside works by Tracey Emin, Alex Katz, Juergen Teller and many more.
October 27th 2017
Taxidermist Polly Morgan, described by Banksy as ‘Britain’s hottest bird-stuffer’, is one of the country’s most high-profile young artists. In 2005, she was an English Literature graduate working as a barmaid with a fascination for taxidermy.
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